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H.R. 1365 - Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act
Introduced: 2017-03-27
Bill Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.
 

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on March 20, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to authorize the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS's) Under Secretary for Management to:

  • designate an individual within DHS to manage DHS acquisition innovation efforts,
  • test emerging acquisition best practicess,
  • develop and distribute best practices and lessons learned regarding acquisition innovations,
  • establish metrics to measure the effectiveness of acquisition innovation efforts, and
  • determine impacts of acquisition innovation efforts on the private sector by obtaining feedback from it and incorporating such feedback into future acquisition innovation efforts.

The bill requires DHS, by 90 days after it submits the annual budget justification for DHS for each of FY2018-FY2022, to provide information to specified congressional committees on:

  • emerging acquisition best practices that were tested within DHS,
  • efforts to distribute best practices and lessons learned within DHS,
  • utilization of best practices by DHS components,
  • performance as measured by the metrics established under this bill,
  • outcomes of efforts to distribute best practices and lessons learned within DHS,
  • impacts of the utilization of innovative acquisition mechanisms by DHS on the private sector,
  • the criteria used to identify specific acquisition programs or activities to be included in acquisition innovation efforts and the outcomes of such programs or activities, and
  • recommendations to enhance acquisition innovation in DHS.
Full Text


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 1365


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 27, 2017

    Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


AN ACT

    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to require certain acquisition innovation, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Department of Homeland Security Acquisition Innovation Act”.

SEC. 2. Acquisition innovation.

(a) In general.—Title VII of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 341 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 710. Acquisition innovation.

“The Under Secretary for Management may—

“(1) designate an individual within the Department to manage acquisition innovation efforts of the Department;

“(2) test emerging acquisition best practices to carrying out acquisitions, consistent with the Federal Acquisition Regulation and Department acquisition management directives, as appropriate;

“(3) develop and distribute best practices and lessons learned regarding acquisition innovation throughout the Department;

“(4) establish metrics to measure the effectiveness of acquisition innovation efforts with respect to cost, operational efficiency of the acquisition program (including timeframe for executing contracts), and collaboration with the private sector, including small businesses; and

“(5) determine impacts of acquisition innovation efforts on the private sector by—

“(A) engaging with the private sector, including small businesses, to provide information and obtain feedback on procurement practices and acquisition innovation efforts of the Department;

“(B) obtaining feedback from the private sector on the impact of acquisition innovation efforts of the Department; and

“(C) incorporating such feedback, as appropriate, into future acquisition innovation efforts of the Department.”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 709 the following new item:

“Sec. 710. Acquisition innovation.”.

(c) Information.—Not later than 90 days after the date on which the Secretary of Homeland Security submits the annual budget justification for the Department of Homeland Security for each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022, the Secretary shall, if appropriate, provide information to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate on the activities undertaken in the previous fiscal year in furtherance of section 710 of the Homeland Security Act, as added by subsection (a) of this Act, on the following:

(1) Emerging acquisition best practices that were tested within the Department during such year.

(2) Efforts to distribute best practices and lessons learned within the Department, including through web-based seminars, training, and forums, during such year.

(3) Utilization by components throughout the Department of best practices distributed by the Under Secretary of Management pursuant to paragraph (3) of such section 710.

(4) Performance as measured by the metrics established under paragraph (4) of such section 710.

(5) Outcomes of efforts to distribute best practices and lessons learned within the Department, including through web-based seminars, training, and forums.

(6) Any impacts of the utilization of innovative acquisition mechanisms by the Department on the private sector, including small businesses.

(7) The criteria used to identify specific acquisition programs or activities to be included in acquisition innovation efforts and the outcomes of such programs or activities.

(8) Recommendations, as necessary, to enhance acquisition innovation in the Department.

Passed the House of Representatives March 24, 2017.

    Attest:karen l. haas,   
    Clerk.

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